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Ninja Warrior

Today is a big day for my Impossible List! I get to cross off a very big event that I have always wanted to go to… NINJA WARRIOR…

I have been a fan of this show for as long as I can remember. I watched the Japanese version when my family first got that fancy cable with over 100 channels. There was something about it that interested me so much, and it’s not just the fact that it was one of those Japanese game shows. japanese-game-show

It’s actually more than that in my opinion. It’s the epitome of “goals”. These people spend years just to prepare for this show, not only that, one mess up, and it’s over. It really makes you think. I, myself, would be extremely upset if I spent years preparing for something and failed. Here’s the thing… very few of the contestants even make it through, so it’s actually a big accomplishment to make it through a Ninja Warrior course. Those who actually make it, get to go through the biggest challenge of all: MOUNT MIDORIYAMA!!BwkRzWpCYAAb-ez

I’m going to be honest with you right now… I haven’t watched the show in awhile, but the excitement is still huge. I knew once I heard that American Ninja Warrior was coming to my home in Indianapolis that I HAD to go.

Seriously though, Mount Midoriyama is the biggest challenge of all. I’d say it’s probably harder to train for this mountain than an ACTUAL mountain. This actually goes without saying, but I want to keep this here for all of the people who have never seen the show before.

Mount Midoriyama, as impossible as it looks, reminds me of all of the challenges that I encounter on a day-to-day basis. Everything I have worked on in the past is leading up to everything I am working on now. In fact, I’ve been thinking a lot about success and failure lately… maybe because it’s almost finals week, but Ninja Warrior puts everything into perspective. Making my Impossible List was easy, but if you look at it, you would know that it’s pretty extensive. It’s my Mount Midoriyama that I’m preparing for.

A lot of people don’t know this yet, but I even attempted a Mount Midoriyama-ish task just last week. I applied to be the President of my School Honor’s Society. That’s right, not committee member, not treasurer, not even vice president. PRESIDENT. When I applied, I thought it was THE thing I wanted to do. I knew it would be a huge time commitment, and I still didn’t know much about what I was applying for, but I just wanted to be a leader within my school.

A couple of days ago, I got an email regarding my interview for my presidency. I looked it over, and saw the words, “we regret to inform you…” and that was it. I didn’t get the spot. I didn’t even get one of the lower positions. What surprised me the most was my reaction to the news. I wasn’t sad. I wasn’t angry. What I felt was relief. Why was I relieved? I literally fell off of the top of the Mountain I was climbing. I should be feeling hurt and upset. That’s when I realized that I was working toward something I wasn’t 100% passionate for.

I feel like people do this a lot. They start climbing these mountains, and when they realize they see a bigger and better mountain next to them, they stay on their short boring mountain. Why? Because it is easier.

I don’t know about anyone else, but if I saw a bigger mountain right next to me, I would immediately move over. I mean, it’s the ONLY way to get a 360 view of everything around you. If you finish climbing that puny mountain, you see some things, but half of your view is still blocked by the bigger and better mountain. Not only that, the big mountain is right in your face like “haha, look at what you could have had!” Then it calls you some kind of mean name and you get sad and start crying.

Okay, maybe mountains can’t talk, but either way, you will probably still end up crying. The point is, and I cannot stress this enough, find something you are passionate about 100%. Much like me and business. Find the thing that annoys other people when you talk about it because you won’t shut up. I’m not passionate about the Honor’s Society, at least not yet. I’m a new member, things like that take time. I guarantee that if someone talked to me about The Honor’s Society right now, I would probably say something similar to idk then change the subject to business, because with business, ik.

So what are you waiting for? Stop climbing your puny mountain and climb the bigger one. You want to be there, trust me. It may look like a lot of work, but we are talking about seeing the entire picture here. It is totally worth it to get one of those panorama pictures without a giant mountain in the way anyways.

Mount Midoriyama isn’t an actual mountain I guess, but these people still work really hard to even get the opportunity to climb it. It is a literal version of our nature-y mountains. Not only that, they fail too, and they work a LONG time for this. I need to remember this too. I work hard everyday, but that doesn’t mean I should immediately expect success.

Did I stretch your minds with that very big and elaborate metaphor? I hope so. You see, this is my first actual blog post, and I wanted to show everyone my thought process. I literally have to compare everything to some kind of deep and meaningful life lesson. I don’t even know how to blog, but this is what my mom does, so I guess that’s what I’m doing too!

See ya next time,

Griffin Brown

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